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terrific champion for the america's cup leading the organizing committee. [applause] commissioner buell: and you very much. we have the easy job. our committee is going to raise about $30 million in the next three years to host the event, and we are committed to helping the event of 40 raise another $270 million to put on the regatta's that lead up to and the hosting of the america's cup. i want to thank the lieutenant governor. he asked me to do this about six months ago. how can you turn down an opportunity to try to create an event in the greatest stadium god could create for the america's cup? i have already had a private conversation with him about getting engaged -- seriously engaged in helping carry out this event. mr. lieutenant governor, i want to thank you for that. to mayor ed lee, i could not be
more thrilled than to have this be his first act as mayor -- official at -- and also to list it as one of his top three priorities because it will take an enormous effort on everybody's part to raise this money, but i'm delighted to say that i have not come across anyone that is not fully enthusiastic about participating in trying to do it. mr. mayor, i know you are headed to washington tomorrow. senator feinstein, the first words she said to me, were "congratulations." the second was "no federal money." i know you are headed there tomorrow. perhaps you could demonstrate york persuasive powers while you are in washington. at any rate, thank you very much. there will be a place for you to drop your checks off on the way out. thank you very much. [applause] . >> finally, we would not be here today if the america's cup event authority had not chosen so wisely that had chosen sentences
go as the venue for the 34th america's cup. it is an incredible pleasure to work with greg thompson, the director of the america's cup event of authority, who will be here facilitating the event and making sure that it meets all of the expectations of not just larry ellison and the oracle team, but all of the teams that will be competing here. [applause] >> thank you, jennifer. on behalf of all of us at the america's cup, all my colleagues, and everyone even associated with the cup in any way, we are pleased that the new mayor lee has chosen to stand up and recognize the cut so early in his term. it is a great sign of support and confidence in what we're doing. i have to say the whole city has warmly and enthusiastically embraced as. we feel like everyone is reaching out to us to offer a hand to help us make this the bet -- the best event possible. our job is to stage this event,
working very closely together with the people from the city, the board of supervisors, the port authority, all the citizens of san francisco. the cup is coming home. it has been gone for a long time, and it is our job, together with all of you, to show the world what this cop really can be. to break this new crown, to take it to the place where it is going to become a worldwide spectacle, not just among the sailing community, but a global sporting spectacle. we have the most perfect place, everyone agrees. we have the sunshine with maybe a little bit more wind, but when we get that, you are going to see some giant votes. it is provisionally being planned that the race will start in this area. you see the course over here. that is just showing where the course will be. the actual course has not been defined yet, but when they get going in this wind at speeds of 40 knots, it is going to blow people away, and they will see something in sailing they have
never seen before with cameras on board, showing the expressions on their faces. one of the big first we have -- never before in the history of the cubs have people been able to watch this race from the shore. imagine -- it is like going to the basketball game with no fans. we will have now a live sporting event of sailing. there will be literally thousands of people that are going to come out. a lot of them will never have known what sailing is before, but they will walk away, going, "wow, this is incredible." thank you again. we're looking forward to rolling up the sleeves. we have to get some of the space going and talking to people. but here we go. thank you. [applause] >> thank you all for coming. we will do questions off-camera. thanks. or off-stage.
mayor li's to the asian-american community. i want to preface this part by siam only 1/8 chinese, so there is only a 12.5% chance this will go as it should. [speaking chinese] to start up the night, we have the chair of the treasure island board of directors and chairman of the asian american pacific celebration committee c laudine chang. [applause] >> good evening, everyone. thank you so much for celebrating -- joining us on this joyous occasion. welcoming and celebrating lunar new year. i am delighted to be your mistress of ceremonies this evening.
this year, the chinese new year started on thursday, february 3. lunar new year, 4709, symbolized by the year of the hare. we all know it as a chinese new year but lunar new year was actually celebrated by many ethnic groups within the asian american pacific families, including vietnamese-americans, caribbean-americans, and others. in san francisco, we celebrated with our parade. -- korean-americans, and others. we celebrated the whole month to welcome everybody. it is supposed to be a year of good luck, a year of prosperity and good health so on behalf of mayor edwin lee, i want to welcome you here this evening. [speaking chinese]
particularly excited and very happy because this is an historic year where we are hosted by our first chinese- american mayor. [applause] this is another historic occasion. [speaking chinese] at this time, without further ado, i want to bring up our mayor, mayor edwin lee. [applause] >> thank you, claudine. good evening, everybody. happy new year. i am very honored to join supervisor chu, a supervisor carmen chu, eric mar, and jane kim, and supervisor campos,
supervisor mirkarimi, malia cohen is here as well. it is a wonderful occasion to celebrate our chinese new year at city hall. i want to welcome all of you here. i have been thinking about my first month on this job. as you know, i try not to follow the speech sometimes that i scripted for. i tried to speak what is on my mind. the thought here is that it is no longer a lunar new year celebration just for our chinese community. what our community now has to offer is really expanding the family to all of these other diverse groups in san francisco. that is what makes this so wonderful. we can share what this joyous occasion means and connect with all the other families of the city, whether african american,
latino families, russian families, or all of the some groups of our asian families, it is what makes the city very special. if i have seen anything the first 30 days of this inaugural apartment that was historic redone by our board of supervisors, it allowed me this special privilege to serve as your mayor. i know that it has been a deepening of my love for the city because of all the different groups that our city has, that it encompasses, that it represents. so it has given me that much more energy, even though i have thousands of meetings, it feels like, every week, every handshake, every praise, acknowledgment about how important the office of the mayor is is reflected in all of the people that have given the good wishes.
we want everyone else included in this celebration. we want to make sure that everything that we do represents an opportunity for everyone to share. when i talk about our chinese families, the celebrations we have, i often mention, our strong values of family. in this city, we want to redefine that as a larger family of the rest of the city. so that is our contribution. i want you to celebrate with me this joyous week. actually, it has already started, as you know. it culminates in a big parade. i want everyone of you out there, rain or shine, because i will be throwing candy out to the kids. this is a wonderful city to live in, do business in, to work in. for all of the asian subgroups that celebrate the lunar new
year, thank you very much. [speaking chinese] [applause] and of course, i want to pay tribute to the country where a lot of our ancestors came from. we value a renewed friendship, not only country to country, but san francisco as a gateway to the whole pacific, cherishes its relationship with china. i think it can be not better expressed than in their relationship with our counsel general. thank you for being here. with that, i would like to present a proclamation on behalf of the city to our counsel general. [applause]
>> a lot of people have been asking me, what does this year mean? it is the year of the rabbit or hare. for those of you that do not follow the signs of animals, the rabbit is all about prosperity. that is what i want this year to mean. peace and prosperity. it is the sharing and growing of that family, expanding that family to include everyone, that is how we prosper. we do not leave anybody behind when it comes to family. thank you very much. happy new year. [applause] >> thank you, mayor edwin le